Roots of a tree

What Is Functional Medicine? Some Thoughts Outside The Box

As many of you know, I am very much in tune with functional medicine. Functional medicine treats the body as a whole both mentally, physically, and spiritually. It helps identify the root cause of the illness, including triggers such as poor nutrition, stress, toxins, allergens, and genetics.

Western medicine is much more geared towards single symptom, single solution. It works great for certain things. You have a cut, suturing it does a great job of solving that. You break a bone, then either cast or plate or screws, hold it in place, while it heals itself. However, I think it falls short in many other areas of medicine. 

I listen to a lot of podcasts during my workouts and traveling since I commute from Maryland daily. I wanted to share with you some of the things from functional medicine I have been doing in 2020 and invite you to explore them. I, however, make no claim of their efficacy for you. Below is a partial list.

1) I continue to do time-restricted feeding. I have written on this topic (intermittent fasting) before and it is the cornerstone of my diet. There is excellent evidence that this is healthy and helpful for almost everyone to do. I too think it is very healthy to have a gap of 12-16 hours, where you are not taking in food or anything substantial to drink. You can drink water, tea, coffee but NOT protein drinks or fruit juice. This helps restore insulin sensitivity and allows your body to heal itself. 

2) Keto supplements: I am a firm believer that they have been very helpful to me. See my blogs on how I use them. I sell them now because I believe in them. I take one at 8 AM and I usually take a second one when I exercise. 

3) Try and restrict carbs and eat as much organic and non-processed food as possible. More and more evidence is linking food to every health problem, for example, cancer and Alzheimers are related to inflammation, which leads to things such as leaky gut syndrome. There is a strong link between your gut and your brain. I think food, stress, toxins, exercise, and sleep are going to be the main factors that determine our health.

4) I have been doing a Joovv Light consistently for almost a year. This is a light panel that you stand close to (in the buff) and it emits both red and infrared light. There seems to be good evidence that it can do the following:

  1. Reduce inflammation
  2. Improve sleep
  3. Increase testosterone levels for men
  4. Increase cell function especially regarding mitochondria and ATP usage
  5. Increase blood flow
  6. Faster recovery
  7. Improved skin appearance
  8. One of the studies shows that infrared light can penetrate the skull and increase cytochrome c oxidase in the mitochondria. This would be beneficial potentially for many diseases.

5) Upgraded Formulas: I listen to a lot of podcasts and this is how I heard about this company. I did a nutritional hair analysis through them, which is a much longer time frame shot than doing a blood level, of my nutritional status and toxins. Based on this analysis, and a phone conversation, they make recommendations. The company makes specialized supplements that are  “nano” size (exceptionally small) and therefore better absorbed. I like the fact that the company is founded by a chemical engineer. I will follow their recommendations and then will retest myself in about 3 months and see if the levels change (which I expect they will).

6) Dr. Pompa’s detox regime: The above hair analysis showed that I had high mercury levels. They suggested that I use Dr. Pompa’s two products: CytoDetox (which draws out the toxins) and Bind, which as the name suggests, binds the toxins and facilitates eliminating them from the body. 

7) Wim Hof’s breathing and cold showers: If you don’t know who Wim Hof is, I suggest you look him up. He is one of the most amazing people that I have read (and listened to). More importantly, many of his “feats” have been reproduced by regular people, after training with him for just a few days. I am trying to do his breathing exercise almost every morning and I am trying to finish off my hot showers with a cold shower (time gradually increasing, though I still find this super challenging and somewhat miserable:))

There is a huge explosion in the functional medical space and supplements. No one can keep up with it all. I did want to share with you some of the things that I am personally trying. No doubt, over time, I will stop some of these and add in other things to try.